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My own stencils

I made my own stencils for these pages. The one is a cutout of The Little Dancer by Degas. I love this silhouette. The butterflies are just a very simple cut out. I keep finding very fancy butterfly stamps and stencils and I do enjoy those, but I really wanted something simple. The feather stamp is a new one that I’m loving. I am so happy with the way this layout came together. So often I am increasingly grateful for my gratitude journal. It has enriched my life in so many ways, not the least of which is my growing confidence in my art skills.

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This page did not come out at all how I had envisioned it. The quote was shared at the Day of Mindfulness I participated in as a followup to an MBSR program. The quote is by Albert Camus “In the depth of winter I finally learned that within me lay an invincible summer.” I had this image of a silhouette of me meditating with the quote inside. Well. I added too many details to the silhouette and the pattern tissue kept sticking to my fingers and ended up all bunched. The pen that I wrote with became blurry, but it does capture the idea that I had in my mind. Part of the beauty of art journaling is that each day is a new page.

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I was preparing for a collage class using transparencies and I have really enjoyed experimenting with different kinds of transparent/translucent layers. These copies of the daffodil painting for my mom’s birthday card were made on different copiers and one was on a transparency and one was on the wrong side of a transparent label. I used the actual transparent label for my mom’s card and it turned out beautifully. I will definitely use this technique again in the future.

The blue sky page was such a clear spring day outlined with crisp bare tree branches. My husband and I went for a fabulous walk and he bought me this lovely forest stamp. Another satisfying page.

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Fun with layers and transparencies. Lots of scones, friends, and coffee shops this week.

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